Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

With strong influences from China, India and Thailand and other nations, Malaysia is truly Asia's melting pot. Its capital city, Kuala Lumpur reflects is a great reflection of this cultural mix in everything from its buildings to its people to its food. KL, as it is referred to by the locals, is at a wonderful crossroads between emerging destination and modern city. Its magnificent Petronas Towers are a striking example of its transformation into a cutting edge city. Currently the world's tallest twin towers, the Petronas towers house offices, restaurants and several-story mall and as skybridge between the 41st and 42nd floors where visitors can look out over gardens, ponds and even a children's playground which are all part of the buildings' grounds. In contrast, a walk through the streets of the city gives visitors a feel for the flavorful Malaysian life. Shops filled with clothing and electronics, markets selling local goods and food carts cooking up satay line the streets (though it's not advised for foreigners to eat from the food carts). Dinner shows, which feature a grand buffet of Malaysian cuisine and a Malaysian dance show complete with ornate costumes and dancers from all over the Asian continent, are popular evening entertainment. Though created for tourists, a top-rated show will exude some of the country's strong cultural traditions and will certainly provide with an authentic Malaysian feast.